@zensri, your comments here were very helpful. We went to the open house, and looking at it through the lens you framed here, it does really look like Harker controls the kids experiences in a 0 to 100 way. Like you’re either all-in or all-out, but I’m not sure how much you can just dabble and try things out. If you want to do certain activities, you have to also take the class for them because it’s the only way you can do them well. My husband called it “coached experiences.” Is that something your friends would agree or disagree with?
On the positive side, they’re not skeptical of gifted kids–you can walk in say “here’s where my kid’s at in math/Comp sci/etc.” and they don’t give you that “you’re going to be a real PIA to deal with” attitude but a very positive “you can fill in that gap by taking this summer class, and then jump right over to this other class, and yes, we have plenty of classes for him to take. Here’s the list.”
The teachers we met were definitely very friendly and personable and seemed like they’re good with the kids.
The $45K price tag is keeping me up at night. (No joke)